Letting Go of the Star Wars Expanded Universe
We’re going to be OK. I have been as big a fan and supporter of the Star Wars Expanded Universe as anybody, and Disney’s announcement last week that the Expanded Universe will be dropped from official cannon was a bit disappointing. But we all knew it was coming. And it’s going to be OK.
Sometimes you just have to let go of the things you love.
For those who don’t know, the Expanded Universe is all the novels, comics, video games and cartoons that extend the story of Star Wars beyond the movies. They fill in the gaps, expand the back stories of popular characters, and even look ahead to the future. What happens to Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Princess Leia after Return of the Jedi? What are their kids like?
For the most part, all of these various stories have been part of one ongoing saga, all under the official umbrella of Lucasfilm. Everyone kept track of what stories were being told so that it was all one big tapestry.
And I thought that was the neatest thing ever!
But now that Star Wars is owned by Disney, who plan to make a ton of more movies and spin-offs, the suits have gotten together and decided that all of that Expanded Universe stuff is going to be shuffled off into a “Star Wars Legends” branding. It still exists, obviously, but it’s no longer official cannon with the movies. Instead, Disney is going to start creating their own brand new Expanded Universe.
Which I think is pretty cool too!
Join me after the jump for more!
First of all, here’s a nifty video about the Expanded Universe that Disney and Star Wars put out last week.
There was a lengthy press release too, but there’s no need to copy and past that here.
Along with the revelation that the Expanded Universe isn’t canon anymore, Disney has greenlit a few new novels set in this New Expanded Universe.
Some of them sound pretty cool. I’ve always found Grand Moff Tarkin to be a fascinating character, so maybe his book will be pretty good. Though I haven’t really been very interested in this new Star Wars: Rebels cartoon. Everything I’ve seen so far seems to be pointing to a cartoon made by committee, intended for kids and only kids. Like how Disney cancelled the Spectacular Spider-Man cartoon to make way for the inferior Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon, or cancelled Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes to make way for the inferior Avengers Assemble.
And Disney cancelled the excellent Star Wars: Clone Wars, sooooo…
But that’s beside the point.
The original Expanded Universe has been an ongoing phenomenon for upwards of 20 years by this point. It’s chock full of stories, spin-offs, characters and a million other things. And while all of that can still be entertaining, a reboot definitely wouldn’t hurt, especially one based around the upcoming movies. Today’s creators will get to start over from scratch, with fresh ideas, new twists, new characters; it should be a creator’s dream come true! Plus, now that new movies will be an ongoing development, the New Expanded Universe can tie more closely into the main products.
I know people don’t like the Prequels, but just look at how much new content we got for the Expanded Universe from those three movies?
It’s sad to lose the Expanded Universe we know and love, but I think the creative potential for new stories, new characters and a New Expanded Universe will be just as good!
Plus we live in an age of ironic detachment, where the idea of a Wookie Jedi can achieve its full potential! I know there have been some in the past, but now is the time for Star Wars to fully bring this concept to life.
Otherwise, what the hell are they even doing?